Community Education

Education for Everyone

University of the West is proud to offer classes and workshops to the wider community through Community Education. Registration is easy and allows you access to real-time class sessions and/or online video lectures.

Community Education classes and lectures are provided on a no-credit basis. If you are interested in taking a class for college credit, please register through Open Enrollment.

Fall 2021 Community Education Classes


Diamond Sutra in Chinese

CE-RS641 – Topics in Buddhist Studies: Making of the Chinese Buddhist Canon

Dr. Lewis Lancaster

The course will cover the creation of the Chinese language version of Buddhist canonic texts. Starting in the second century, translations, commentaries, and East Asian redactions form the Chinese Buddhist Canon that has grown to a library of texts now containing thousands of documents. During the course, the narrative of how this remarkable collection of religious texts came into existence will be the focus of lectures and research. Topics of discussion will range from exploring the emergence of Buddhist material in India, the spread of those materials through Central Asia and the coastal routes from the sub-continent to East Asia, the technologies used in the process of shifting the teachings from oral to written and recently digital versions.

  • Session type: Remote & Online
  • Certificate of participation provided.